Paddle the Don River – May 6, 2012

Paddle the Don River – May 6, 2012 Join us for the annual Manulife Paddle the Don River day on Sunday May 6, 2012. This 2-3 hour paddle starts at Ernest Thompson Seton Park (enter via Wilket Creek Park on the west side of Leslie Street, north of Eglinton Ave East) and winds its way south for about 10 km to the Keating Channel at Lake Ontario. Members of the WCA will be helping out as volunteer weir watchers along the way. The river is flooded for this event so there will be moving water, swifts and rapids. There are three weirs; the first two must be portaged and the third may be run. Bring your white water canoe, paddling gear for cold water, and a camera. The river offers a unique view of the city landscape, city wilderness and maybe wildlife. The takeout is located at 170 Villiers Street at the northwest corner of Villiers Street and the Don Roadway. Here you will find free entertainment and food and drink for purchase (or you can bring your own lunch). A free shuttle bus will take you back to the start where you can pick up your car and drive back to the takeout to pick-up your canoe. This event is free, but you must register in advance. It fills up quickly, so register early. You can also help raise money to support regeneration projects within the Don watershed by completing a pledge form from the website. Go to http://www.paddlethedon.ca/ for more information and to sign up for 2012 event notifications.

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The Basics
Event Location: 
Don River - Toronto
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 08:00
Registration Cut Off: 
http://www.paddlethedon.ca/ for more information and to sign up
Event Duration: 
one day
Difficulty Rating: 
Novice
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
All WCA members WHO REGISTER ON THE ABOVE SITE FIRST
Maximum Group Size: 
600 people and 300 canoes
Minimum Group Size: 
1
Itinerary
Itinerary description: 

Go to http://www.paddlethedon.ca/ for more information and to sign up for 2012 event notifications.

Required Items to Bring: 

Event is held rain or shine. Cold water gear, spare clothing. Fully equipped canoe. Its the Don river so bring waterproof gloves and shoes / boots and hand sanitizer. Lunch, drinking water, sunscreen, camera, life jacket, whistle, hat, etc etc. Money for the party at the end and stuff sold.

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How to Get There
Event Directions: 

starts at Ernest Thompson Seton Park (enter via Wilket Creek Park on the west side of Leslie Street, north of Eglinton Ave East) and winds its way south for about 10 km to the Keating Channel at Lake Ontario.
The takeout is located at 170 Villiers Street at the northwest corner of Villiers Street and the Don Roadway. A free shuttle bus will take you back to the start where you can pick up your car and drive back to the takeout to pick-up your canoe.
See the website for details.

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Cancellation Policy: 
For the last several years this event registration has filled up very quickly on the first day. If you do not go, others are missing out.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Gary James at gary.james@sympatico.ca and 416-512-6690.
Phone: 
416-512-6690.